March 26, 2021

5: Ricketts' Circus in the Capital City, Part Three

5: Ricketts' Circus in the Capital City, Part Three

John Bill Ricketts completes his 1793 season of shows in Philadelphia - just in time to avoid the Yellow Fever epidemic. But when Ricketts finally returns to the city, much later, he builds a new Circus and Art Pantheon


John Bill Ricketts completes his 1793 season of shows in Philadelphia - and gets out of town just in time to avoid the fate that laid low so many of Philadelphia's citizens that fateful year. But when Ricketts finally returns to the city, much later, he builds a new Circus and Art Pantheon right where the political leadership of the United States can easily find him - right across the corner of Sixth and Chestnut Street. However, the management of the New Theatre is not pleased with the competition from their new neighbor.

(Image courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania)

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